Toleration & Free SpeechToleration is a foundational tenet of free and flourishing societies, and it provides a basis for the peaceful coexistence of people with differing views.
The Charles Koch Foundation requests proposals for research, programmatic support, and educational activities related to toleration and free speech. We are especially interested in research that:
- Explores toleration and free speech’s relationship to individual rights, freedoms, and voluntary communities and associations.
- Examines the relationship between institutional, social, and political conditions and toleration.
- Analyzes the role of free speech and academic freedom on campus.
- Explores the relationship of toleration and free speech to key institutions in society, in particular a free press and a flourishing of the arts.
- Explores new questions of toleration and free speech that arise with modern technology, including online speech, privacy, and surveillance.
- Explores the effect of specific policies on toleration, freedom of speech and/or freedom of association.
- A one-to-two-page abstract of the project on behalf of your university, college, think tank, or other 501(c)(3) organization. The abstract should provide sufficient detail for reviewers to assess the nature and feasibility of the idea.
- A CV or résumé.
- A brief, itemized budget.
- Research projects should be original work, of academic journal quality, and must not have been previously published.
Funding levels are commensurate with the requirements of the research and the potential for the research to advance an understanding of critical issues. Accepted proposals may also receive support to disseminate the research findings.